My mother’s patrilineal‘s line –https://www.dictionary.com/browse/patrilineal arrived in the United States (U. S.) in the 1750s in Pennsylvania (south central area of the state) with many of the line moving to Ohio later although some stayed in Pennsylvania, and others moved to various other states. While I haven’t found relatives in every state yet, I expect eventually I will. As a result, I often look for Pennsylvania and Ohio articles online. I found this WITF podcast: https://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2019/05/preserving-pas-oldest-historical-documents.php (around 49:49 minutes long).
“History may not repeat itself, but the present often rhymes with the past.” And in order to understand the past, preserving old documents and records is key.
Cumberland County archivists recently received a grant to preserve documents that are older than the United States. These records include pieces from signers of the Declaration of Independence, among other works of historical significance that give a glimpse of Pennsylvania’s past.
Joining us on Smart Talk to discuss the importance of preserving historical documents are Barbara Bartos, Cumberland county archivist, Andrew Dalton, Adams County Historical Society‘s assistant collections manager, and Jesse Crooks, a librarian at the Mercer Museum in Bucks County.